> XII Stag wasn't so bad was it? Mind you, I would probably be more jaded if I had
> paid the full PS2 import price though...
It's really, really bland. The scoring system gimmick is interesting for about the first half of the first stage, but then you realize that trying to kill enemies with the rear attack is totally pointless since it's so weak and that the dual shock is not a good pad to be using for the side attacks (either the "dpad" or the analog stick).
The enemy attack patterns aren't interesting, there's about 1 good song in the entire game, the graphics scream 1993 (not really noticable in the low res screenshots most people see), and in the end you feel like you'd be spending your time better if you were playing the F3-based shmup, "Gekirindan" (which most people agree is rather dull and boring).
Not a good game for full price, not a good game for half price, and I'd even think twice about paying ~1000yen for it knowing what it's like.
So yea, I'm really interested in seeing how everyone reacts to it once it's emulated :)